Roadshow demonstrates the fun in science

AN ANNUAL national roadshow that will unleash a world of learning and fun to more than 750 secondary students in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick is underway in Waterford Institute of Technology.

Challenge Science is Discover Science & Engineering’s yearly event to showcase the attractions of those subjects to students who are thinking seriously about their post-school options.

Developed by Junior Achievement, &Challenge Science is backed in Waterford by Genzyme Ireland. The WIT event was attended by students from St Declan’s in Kilmacthomas; Mount Sion; St Paul’s Community College; Presentation Convent and Our Lady of Mercy secondary schools from Waterford, and assisted by volunteers from Genzyme Ireland.

The event featured hands-on workshops on forensic science, biotechnology and careers in science, technology and engineering as well as a tour of Waterford IT campus.

“We are delighted to be a part of such a fun and vibrant road-show that brings the excitement and creativity of science to students and allows them to see a future for themselves in this field,” said Dr Thomas O’Toole, Head of the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology.

Genzyme Ireland HR director Paul Shanahan said that science, engineering and technology are important for the future development of the Irish economy and will also offer good jobs and career opportunities.

“Challenge Science helps to illustrate to students what type of careers and opportunities are available to them if they pursue science and this ultimately helps us achieve our goal of helping to create a knowledge and learning based society for the future,” he said.

“Challenge Science provides a fantastic opportunity for our team members to take a lead role in the education of young people across the southeast on practical aspects of science and technology.”

Now in its third year, Challenge Science is supported by the science, biotechnology and engineering industries nationally.

The initiative annually supports 60,500 Irish children.

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